The Nevada Standardbred Association Inc., (“NVSA”) has recently appointed an Advisory Committee to provide feedback to the Board of Directors on industry interests, funding of stakes/breeding programs and training centers, regulatory matters and overall integrity. We look forward to feedback from all that are participating and those who will in the future. Below is the initial Team.
Bobbi Jo Martin, Co-Chair: See Board of Directors in the Home sub-menu for information on Bobbi Jo.
Ted Bookstaver, Co-Chair (CA) – Owner/horsemen/former driver: Ted is a standardbred owner and breeder who claimed a horse in 1992 at the Meadowlands and has been active ever since. He earned his ‘P’ driver’s license in 1994 and has driven at Monticello Raceway, Pocono Downs and Goshen Historic Track. Ted has been in entertainment for more than 25 years, where he has specialized in the international distribution and monetization of produced and formattable content. Currently he is the Vice President of Client Relations for North Americas at eTribez, Inc., an Israeli-based software firm that provides digital solutions to the production industry. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MBA degree (in finance) from Pepperdine University. Ted adds industry value and understanding of entertainment content, which simulcasting is a key component to the success of harness racing.
Andy Bryner (Indiana), Owner, Breeder and former Indiana Standardbred Association Vice President: See Board of Directors in the Home sub-menu for information on Andy.
Marty Allen, DVM (Nevada): See Board of Directors in the Home sub-menu for information on Marty.
Gary Seibel (Nevada) – Hall of Fame Track Announcer : Gary is a Hall of Famer who performs his masterful race calls as the Voice of Cal Expo. He served for 18 years as Track Announcer at Pompano Park and did a 12 year stretch at TVG. Also notably Gary has been the “Voice of the Hambletonian” broadcasting on CBS.
Scott Rothbort (Nevada) – Known as “The Finance Professor”, Scott is President of LakeView Asset Management, has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. He also owns several horses including Rocknificent a 2 year-old pacing mare that has won over $150,000 this year. Scott is contributor on several business news outlets including MarketWatch’s Trading Deck, Bloomberg (Radio and TV), Fox Business News and CNBC. He has been working diligently on bringing Broodmares to Nevada and is a Partner in Equine Industry Development LLC.
Rita Polese (Florida) – Shipper/Trainer/Owner: Rita is well connected in the Standardbred industry, has been a Trainer with over 575 purse starts and $400,000 in training earnings and currently owns a horse racing at Woodbine. Her most infamous horses were Melvyn who held track record at Vernon and Rambling Gambling Man who has a record of 1:50.4s (2018). She has shipped hundreds of horses throughout the country. Rita is a graduate from SUNY at Delhi in Equine Management and brings a wealth of industry experience to the Advisory Committee.
Tony Zuzolo (Nevada) – Horse Acquisitions: Tony brings horse acquisition expertise to the Advisory Committee. He enjoys race horse acquisitions and turnovers. Tony drove for 15 years, has over $600,000 in Driver Earnings and once drove a Falcon Seelster mare to 8 consecutive victories. Additionally he has trained horses for 26 years with over 2,000 purse starts and has had a stable as large as 25 standardbreds. Tony has raced primarily at Yonkers, Monticello, Freehold, Saratoga, Meadowlands, and Dover.
Diane Bertand (Alberta) – Director at Standardbred Canada: Diane lends her expertise to the NVSA Advisory Committee as an experienced breeder and owner. Her wealth of knowledge is critical during this era of the NVSA as we grow through various venues including breeding. She has a keen eye toward identifying stallion and mare talent and will help us be strong in the breeding and stakes programs respectively.
John Burns (Ontario) – former Trainer: John has over 50 experience in the industry. He has developed two world champions during his career and has over 3700 starts as a Trainer. His lifetime earnings exceed $8.5 million with a .300 UDRS and has won in the Breeders Crown. John takes pride in his work with Ontario Harness Association and the establishing of a pension plan. John is known for his strong belief in the integrity of standardbred care and racing and brings that expertise to the Advisory Committee.
Mark P’Pool (Indiana) – Owner/Trainer: Mark is a second generation trainer and owner with a stable around 20 standardbreds. Mark has been a track record holding Driver at Balmoral and has earned over $2.6 million as a Trainer. He has also trained several stakes winners including Wrap Me Up and Jessie V. In addition to his training and driving accomplishments, having owned over 120 horses gives Mark a great deal of experience to contribute to the Advisory Committee.